Layoffs hit Oxford University Press

“In what it described as a ‘cost-cutting exercise,’ Oxford University Press has eliminated 60 positions company-wide, Publishers Weekly reported. The largest university press, Oxford had a staff of about 700 before the layoffs. The cuts affected several parts of the press’s operations, according to Christian Purdy, director of publicity, but they ‘centered around restructurings’ in the law, medicine, and reference divisions. In an e-mail message, Mr. Purdy said the changes were ‘intended to better position those divisions in their ongoing transition from print-based to online programs. Every effort was made to reduce the effect on the press’s general editorial program, however’ …” (more)

[Jennifer Howard, Chronicle, 22 January]

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